From Musliudeen Adebayo, Ibadan
The Oyo State government on Monday announced that it has deployed 100 traffic managers to the Lagos- Ibadan Express way in order to direct traffic and make the road less congested for users.
Our correspondent gathered that the contractors handling the reconstruction of the road had last Thursday said that parts of the road would be closed to traffic.
But, Executive Chairman, Oyo State Road Traffic Management Authority (OYRTMA), Dr Akin Fagbemi while speaking on the efforts of the State administration to ease the burden of travelers using the major highway, said that the 100 traffic managers were deployed to ease traffic on the road.
Fagbemi said his officers would be on ground along the expressway, especially at the points where construction works would be taking place to avoid congestion and traffic snares, saying that commuters could get in touch with the men of the agency on +2348114390097 to report any complaint or seek help on the highway within the period.
“The road connects the two States and have great economic impact on the whole nation. If we allow the partial closure to be without giving technical support to the contractor in the area of maintaining smooth traffic at the points of diversion and turnings, the road may be blocked totally.
“Therefore the essence of government at all level is to make living conducive for the people and the present administration will not shy away from doing its best to serve the people that voted for good governance.
“The affected road portion to be closed to traffic from Kara Bridge inward Berger and from Berger inward Kara Bridge which amounts to about 1.4kilometers of the 127.6kilometers; however alternative routes have been mapped out with immense contributions from our sister agency, the Lagos State Road Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).”
He added that alternative routes announced for road users include Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway from Abeokuta connecting Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Sagamu–Ikorodu Road from Sagamu Interchange to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Others include Ijebu-Ode – Itoikin Road from Ijebu-Ode to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.